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Creative Writing

Fiction and the City: An Interview with Helon Habila
3 years ago

Fiction and the City: An Interview with Helon Habila

Award-winning author Helon Habila wears many hats. An accomplished writer of three acclaimed novels, Habila is also a professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University. However, his …
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Of Books and Almost Lost Dreams
3 years ago

Of Books and Almost Lost Dreams

Faith, God, Merfolk (or mammy water as we call them locally), adventure, love, and all the trappings of African folklore make Weeping Cherry an adult, urban fantasy novel …
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Broken beyond repair: A short story by Portia Dery
3 years ago

Broken beyond repair: A short story by Portia Dery

It was a hot Friday afternoon.

“Everything must be perfect; the food, the curtains, the mats and even the lawn,” he said to me.


Book Review: Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta
3 years ago

Book Review: Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

Happiness, Like Water was a pleasure to read. In this collection of ten short stories, Chinelo Okparanta takes us to and fro from Nigeria to the USA through the …
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Uncle Femi Came to Visit
3 years ago

Uncle Femi Came to Visit

“E shi ‘lekun Baba!”  The old woman called out from the brick-walled house that towered over my weatherworn shack. A relic of British colonial times, the house, complete …
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Through her eyes: A short story by Emmanuella Udom
3 years ago

Through her eyes: A short story by Emmanuella Udom

The air was thin, but the fluorescent light was bright.

“Hand me those earrings,” she said, without looking away from the mirror that reflected her gentle …
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My Tune
4 years ago

My Tune

I’m humming a consistent tune. It’s been on my mind for hours and I figure humming it will get it out. I’ve been at it …
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Poetry: The Practice
4 years ago

Poetry: The Practice

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The mere mention of it Is enough to evoke An intertwined and raw emotion Championed by excruciating pain and fear Knees tremble And, legs shut close In pursuit …
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The Tease
4 years ago

The Tease

His heart was delivering its own show. The music segment hadn’t even started, but the constant thumping coming from his chest could have fooled him. He was going …
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Beaten
4 years ago

Beaten

“I’m not only speaking for my daughter, I’m speaking for every child here!” My mother’s voice was a tone higher than usual. “Madam, you may …
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